I’m thrilled to be sharing this guest post today. Brenda Baran is a nutritional therapy practitioner and a fellow blogger at Nourished Living Network. She and her partner Levi are also revitalizing a farm and working to raise funds to do so. Today she talks about the relationship between the health of the person and the health of the land.
The human body is very complex and our environments are also very complex. This is why one answer does not fit all when it comes to diet and health. There is no one perfect diet for everyone. The perfect diet for someone depends on so many variables including their ancestry, how active their lifestyle is, how old they are, how toxic their environment is, etc. This is why when one truly practices holistic medicine, focusing on bio-individuality is essential.
Not only is considering bio-individuality essential, but also discovering the underlying cause of whatever issue or issues a person may be dealing with. For example, instead of giving someone a topical cream for a skin condition, like eczema or acne, we find out what is leading to the skin issue. Is it a nutrient deficiency? Deficiencies in vitamin A, D, and imbalances in fatty acids can lead to skin issues. Is it a toxicity issue? Sometimes we detox through the skin more when our other detox pathways are struggling. Is it an immune issue? Parasites can lead to skin issues. Is digestion working properly? Leaky gut can lead to skin issues. So on and so forth.
The “Foundations of Health” according to Nutritional Therapy Practitioners include:
- Blood Sugar Balance
- Mineral Balance
- Fatty Acid Balance
- Properly Prepared Nutrient Dense Diet.
What this means is that it is very important to assure that these foundations are all working properly in the body before moving on to more complex detailed things like hormone imbalances or mood issues for example. If someone is not able to digest their foods then they are not able to make hormones or neurotransmitters efficiently which could be an underlying cause to hormone imbalances or mood issues as we literally are what we absorb and digest. Another example would be migraines. Instead of giving someone pain killers you would first make sure to rule out food sensitivities (digestion), hypoglycemia (blood sugar balance), magnesium deficiency (mineral balance), an imbalance of inflammatory and anti-inflammatory prostaglandins (fatty acid balance), water intake (hydration), processed, toxin rich foods (properly prepared nutrient dense diet) which are all known to contribute to migraines.
The human body is not the only complex system on this planet. There are endless systems that are complex, work with, and depend on one another. It seems like most of us are starting to realize that maybe the standard American diet (SAD) is not the best way. Many of us are even starting to get that conventional medicine might not always be the best answer to certain things and that conventional farming might not be in our best interests. The hard part is knowing how to change, knowing where to start, how to transition.
My partner Levi Meeuwenberg and I, Brenda Baran, at Realeyes Homestead have a vision to not only try to live holistically but also help others to do the same. My passion is holistic nutrition and Levi’s passion is permaculture, a type of holistic agriculture. We are working on building Realeyes Homestead by combining both passions! We would like to make Realeyes Homestead a working model and demonstration site not only for our local community but also for our online community.
If you are interested in and believe in what we are doing please help support this vision by contributing to, or sharing our campaign at RealeyesHomestead.com/Indiegogo
Brenda & Levi at Realeyes Homestead